- of or relating to an artificial body part or prosthesis: He was fitted for a prosthetic arm.
- of or relating to the fields of surgical or dental prosthetics: advances in prosthetic technology.
- of or relating to a substance, item, or process used to transform a person’s appearance temporarily, especially as a theatrical special effect: The final scene required painstaking application of prosthetic hair and skin.
- an artificial body part; a prosthesis: Hundreds of amputees volunteered to test the new prosthetics.
- an appearance-altering substance or item applied temporarily to a person’s face or body, especially to create a theatrical special effect: Alien creatures are brought to life with realistic prosthetics.
Origin of prosthetic
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Word Origin and History for prosthetic
1837 in grammar; 1902 in the surgical sense, from Latinized form of Greek prosthetikos "disposed to add," from prosthetas "added," verbal adjective of prostithenai "to put to, add to" (see prosthesis). Related: Prosthetically.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Serving as or relating to a prosthesis.
- Of or relating to prosthetics.
- An artificial device used to replace a missing or defective body part, such as a limb or a heart valve.
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